Historic Beulah Spa to be commemorated by Mayor of Croydon


By - Monday 3rd September, 2018

The Mayor of Croydon will unveil a granite marker stone at the site on 29th September 


Photo by the Beulah Spa History Project, used with permission.

Release begins: The forgotten Beulah Spa natural chalybeate and saline well and spring in Upper Norwood is finally getting a fitting commemorative marker, 187 years after it first opened. The 14-feet-deep well (filled in in the 1960s) has been left totally unmarked and forgotten, under the grass lawn at the current Spa Woods.

Local musician and historian Chris Shields, having already written a book on the subject The Beulah Spa 1831-1856 A New History, founded The Beulah Spa History Project, in order to  secure funding and council approval for the installation of a pictorial history lectern and ground level granite marker stone – referred to as ‘The Beulah Stone’. Upper Norwood Councillor Pat Ryan and The Norwood Society fully supported Chris’ efforts so Chris liaised with local residents and the Friends of Spa Woods to make sure that ‘The Beulah Stone and Lectern’ were suitable and fitting for the current park’s surroundings. The Beulah Stone and Lectern will be installed very soon, in time for a grand unveiling ceremony by the Mayor of Croydon on Saturday 29th September at 11am until 12.30pm, on the lawns of Spa Hill. The All Saints Clarinet Quartet will perform at the event and a dance troupe in Victorian dress will demonstrate dancing from the period. Attendees are invited to come dressed in Victorian clothing – to help set the scene. This event is a very important one in the history of Upper Norwood in the London Borough of Croydon.

“I’m hoping that we’ll have lots of people turn up on the day – children from the local schools, local Beaver, Cubs and Scouts, and all those interested in local history to witness this historic unveiling. The Spa Hill Allotment Society, The Norwood Society, the Friends of Spa Woods and the Crystal Palace Foundation – they all need to be there,” said Chris. “It will be a very special day for me, after a lot of hard work, to finally see The Beulah Stone and Lectern sited and in place on the very spot where the well and spring once bubbled. This long-forgotten and very important piece of Croydon’s history is finally being recognised and remembered and getting the attention it so deserves.”

The Royal Beulah Spa and Gardens opened in 1831 and lasted up until 1856 when it closed due to changing fashions, the coming of the railways and the arrival of the Crystal Palace just around the corner. Queen Victoria visited the Spa on four occasions to taste the waters – the first time with Lord Melbourne and the last time with young Prince Bertie – the future Edward VII. At its height of popularity, 10,000 people stood on the grassy slopes listening as Johann Strauss Senior conducted his band while London’s fashionable society waltzed on  the grassy dancing area.

You can read all about The Beulah Spa’s history in the book The Beulah Spa – A New History written by Chris Shields available online or from The Bookseller Crow On The Hill, The Norwood Society or The Crystal Palace Foundation.

Follow The Beulah Spa History Project here.

Release ends.

Release sender: The Beulah Spa History Project.

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